STEP 2


Aligning climate-COVID-19 recovery

Overview

Objective

The COVID socio-economic impacts and the recovery needs identified must be understood as offering opportunities to support climate action. Step 2 also enables countries to review/screen their short-term responses and long-term recovery plans to identify inconsistencies with and opportunities to advance NDC targets, decarbonization and resilience goals.

Benefits

The design of COVID-19 recovery plans should incorporate several considerations: the long-run economic multiplier; contributions to the productive asset base and national wealth; speed of implementation; affordability; simplicity; impacts on inequality; and other political factors. Countries will not have to start from scratch in designing these recovery measures. COVID-19 recovery plans can incorporate NDC targets and strategies, while also leveraging NDC enhancement processes, including stakeholder consultations, socio-economic and sectoral assessments, and modelling, to strengthen systems that pave the way for long-term sustainable development. Alignment allows these co-benefits to be captured. Policy- makers should proactively identify potential co-benefits during policy design and select implementation measures that maximize impact. This step is critical to ensuring that: COVID-19 recovery measures support climate objectives; these recovery measures leverage the NDC development and enhancement process; and NDCs are incorporated into the realities and challenges of a COVID-19 recovery.

Outputs/outcome

By the end of this process, countries should be able to assess the contribution of NDC measures and other climate actions to recovery objectives (including economic growth, job creation and social protection). Likewise, COVID-19 recovery plans can be assessed based on their contributions to environmental sustainability and social impacts.

Milestones

1

Prioritizing

  Identify NDC measures that can best contribute to recovery efforts (job/income/economic multiplier)

2

Screening

Screen recovery actions through environmental, social, gender and inclusive criteria

3

Enhancing

Consolidate a sustainable and inclusive climate recovery plan, incorporating all existing enhancement opportunities